Walkley documentary category shortlist – fire, fury and tears

A Walkley looks good on any documentary maker's mantelpiece even if they have to frock up amongst disreputable strangers.

The documentary awards seem to be a quiet sector for the Walkleys, partly because the journalism component of most documentaries is less prominent. It is the difference between research and investigative journalism. 

Three documentaries are facing off, and they demonstrate the power of the medium in the national conversation. Renegade Films and the ABC, and the human beings Joe Connor, Ken Connor and Lucy Maclaren submitted Aftermath: Beyond Black Saturday.

Stan Grant, Dan Gordon, GoodThing Productions and Passion Pictures UK are in contention with The Australian Dream.

Ian Darling, Sally Fryer and Mary Macrae, Shark Island Productions bring their archival film The Final Quarter.

So the two Adam Goodes films go head to head. Neither of them are attached to a broadcaster. 

The Walkley finalists this year are glowing with images. The competition continues to support photographic journalism, proving that the sector understands the awesome skills and power of a good snapper even if the papers threw them into the gutter. 

Four Corners absolutely dominated the Public Service Journalism category because they are it, basically.

Ditto the Innovation category, which is this group:

INNOVATION

It is good to see a spread of units and craftspeople in the other TV awards.

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Award Partner Australian Super

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Award Partner Seven

  • Seven News Brisbane Team, Seven News Brisbane, “North Queensland Flood Coverage”

  • Seven News Sydney Team, Seven News Sydney, “Sydney Stabbing Rampage”

  • Hannah Sinclair, Nine News, “Christchurch gunman’s family breaks silence”

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Award Partner SBS

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Award Partner TEN

  • Anne Connolly, Mary Fallon and Patricia Drum, Four Corners, ABC TV, “Who Cares?

  • Suzanne Dredge, Dylan Welch, David Maguire and Janine Cohen, Four Corners, ABC TV, “Orphans of ISIS

  • Nick McKenzie, Grace Tobin and Nick Toscano, 60 Minutes, Nine, “Crown Unmasked

The book contenders might inspire some screen readers looking for holiday reading:

WALKLEY BOOK AWARD LONGLIST

  • Gabrielle Chan, Rusted Off, Vintage, Penguin Random House Australia 

  • Adele Ferguson, Banking Bad, ABC Books, HarperCollinsPublishersAustralia

  • Ean Higgins, The Hunt for MH370, Pan Macmillan Australia 

  • Jess Hill, See What You Made Me Do, Black Inc.

  • Damon Kitney, The Price of Fortune, HarperCollinsPublishersAustralia

  • Patrick Mullins, Tiberius with a Telephone, Scribe

  • Andrew Rule, Winx: The Authorised Biography, Allen & Unwin

  • Leigh Sales, Any Ordinary Day, Penguin Random House Australia 

  • Matthew Warren, Blackout, Affirm Press

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